|Warwick & Castle|
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Warwick is famous for it's castle but the town itself I found a bit of a disappointment. It may have been accentuated by the weather, but I found it a bit grey and drab, in contrast to nearby Stratford-upon-Avon, which is colorful and vibrant with activity.
Other attractions of Warwick include the Lord Leycester Hospital, an attractive array of half timbered buildings which became a retirement home for wounded ex- servicemen in 1571 and is still in use today, 8 ex-servicemen and their wives still live in modernised flats, and in return give their services towards the running of the hospital.
Another landmark worthy of a visit is St Mary's Church which dominates the surrounding countryside, and is home to the splendid tomb of Richard Beauchamps Earl of Warwick, said to be responsible for St Joans execution.
Warwick Castle is the finest Medieval Castle in England and it rises majestically from the banks of the River Avon, on a site fortified by William the Conqueror.
After the Norman Conquest in 1066, William the Conqueror moved northwards from London, to subdue resistance in the Midlands and Northern England. He founded castles at Warwick and Nottingham, run by his Norman barons. The castle at Warwick was founded in 1086.
Points of interest inside the Castle are The Great Hall, The State Rooms, the Armoury and the tableau of a 1898 weekend party realistically created by Madame Tussaud.